Philippines storm death roll rises to 9

Manila- The tropical storm that has struck the Philippines has seen the death toll rise to nine people, officials said on Wednesday.

Some thousands of residents have returned to their homes, with the flood receding.

“Most of the floods have subsided and all roads are now passable, but we have two people still missing from the flooding,” civil defence official Mark Yap by telephone from Butuan city said.

Tropical storm Sanba struck the main southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday and killed eight people, the civil defence office in the region said, doubling its figure from four deaths.

A baby was also killed after a house was buried by an avalanche in the central island of Leyte, the civil defence office said.

Over 21 000 people were forced to flee after the tropical storm Sanba hit Mindanao’s east coast, although many people have returned home.

The state weather service said that the storm weakened on Wednesday as it headed towards the island of Palawan, after crossing Sulu Sea, with gust winds notching up to 60km an hour.

The islands that make up the Philippines are prone to typhoons, with an average of 20 storms a year, some deadly.

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